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Clean Energy

Swagelok engineers performance, safety, and reliability for clean energy technologies and infrastructure including proven solutions for production, distribution, compression, refueling, and mobility.


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Clean Energy

Solutions for Today and Beyond 

Clean energy iconThe need for sustainability is driving clean energy technology innovation. Clean production, reliable distribution, safe storage infrastructure, and accessible transport are today’s top priorities. High-integrity fluid system components in hydrogen electrolyzers, fuel cells, storage and containment methods, refueling infrastructure, and on-vehicle systems are critically important to these systems.  

Swagelok offers high-performance, leak-tight products and tailored services to meet the toughest clean energy application requirements including:

  • Safe storage and transfer at high pressures to deliver the desired energy densities and operational ranges
  • Consistent delivery of critical components, assemblies, and custom solutions that keeps projects on schedule
  • Durability and dependability due to stainless steel components having higher alloy content to provide enhanced corrosion resistance

Swagelok’s 75 years of experience in the containment and management of hazardous fluids and small-molecule gases under pressure makes us unique. Today we offer products, solutions, and services engineered and delivered specifically to meet the needs of companies engaged in the pursuit of environmentally safe and sustainable energy business opportunities.

Your local authorized Swagelok sales and service center is the place to start harnessing the potential of hydrogen and LNG/CNG systems.

Hydrogen and lng/cng system in the clean energy industry

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We support the evolution of hydrogen as a clean energy source and enable alternative-fuel vehicles to run on hydrogen, liquified natural gas (LNG), and compressed natural gas (CNG). From the lab to the field, we work with global customers to help them safely and efficiently reach their goals for clean energy production, distribution, compression, refueling, and mobility applications. See how:

Swagelok® Hydrogen Solutions

Swagelok® LNG/CNG Solutions

Clean Energy Applications

Including R&D and engineering firms, we support companies that manufacture or supply equipment for the manufacturing of hydrogen and LNG/CNG applications such as:

Hydrogen

  • Electrolyzers
  • Microgrids
  • Fuel cells
  • Virtual pipelines/tube trailers
  • Refueling stations (infrastructure)
  • ICE (Internal Combustion Engines)/FCEV fuel systems
  • Dispensers and priority panels
  • Analyzer and sampling systems

LNG/CNG

  • Virtual pipelines/tube trailers
  • Refueling stations (infrastructure)
  • Commercial and fleet vehicles

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Products for Clean Energy

We provide OEMs with high-performance Swagelok® fluid system products specifically engineered for clean energy market applications. Our stainless steel components are designed to deliver the seal tightness, grip strength, thermal performance, corrosion resistance, ductility, and ease of assembly needed to make clean-operating vehicles and infrastructure viable. They are also backed by our Limited Lifetime Warranty and are supported by 200-plus authorized sales and service center locations around the world.

Fittings

Fittings

We offer a wide variety of fittings for alternative fuel system applications including Swagelok® tube fittings that deliver gas-tight seals that are resistant to vibration fatigue, assembly-by-torque (AbT) fittings that are quick and easy to install, Swagelok® FK series fittings that deliver outstanding tube grip and leak resistance, plus many more options.

valves

Valves

Whether you are working with hydrogen, natural gas, or synthetic fuels (ethanol, methanol, biodiesel), find dependable Swagelok® ball valves for on-vehicle or dispenser use, check valves to prevent backflow, excess flow valves to reduce flow in the event of a line rupture, relief valves for purge and bleed applications, as well as instrument manifolds that minimize potential leak points in refueling stations.

Hose and Flexible Tubing

Hoses and Flexible Tubing

Choose from a wide range of variations of metal core, PTFE core, PFA core, rubber core, and thermoplastic core hose and flexible tubing options from Swagelok. These and many other products are designed for the specific challenges presented by hydrogen and natural gas applications.

Filters

Filters

Install all-welded body, inline, or tee-type filters that guard your systems’ components against particulates. Their compact design makes them ideal for saving space in all types of alternative fuel system applications.

Regulator

Regulators

Choose the right regulators to maintain ideal pressures in clean energy applications including on-vehicle and refueling infrastructure. Swagelok® pressure-reducing (spring-loaded or dome-loaded), back-pressure (spring-loaded and dome-loaded), and specialty regulators include standard and custom options, giving you one go-to source for world-class performance and reliability.

Swagelok pressure gauge

Measurement Devices

Maintain optimal fluid conditions in a wide range of production, distribution, refueling, and on-vehicle applications with pressure gauges and additional measurement devices that are easy to use and read.

tubing and tube accessories

Tubing and Tube Accessories

Find metal tubing with the material composition and performance characteristics required for hydrogen and CNG/LNG applications, both on vehicles and in fueling stations.

 

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Engineering Services for Clean Energy

For your next project, choose a company trusted by clean energy innovators and OEMs throughout the value chain worldwide. Swagelok® engineering services are as flexible as you need them to be.

Design and Assembly Services

Design and Assembly Services

Strained workforces and supply chain complexities make efficient production difficult. Our collaborative approach is the difference: We are meticulous in first understanding your application so that we can develop the configuration that most completely meets your needs. Swagelok® Custom Solutions can consist of either a few components or entire fluid systems, including gas fill panels or assemblies to integrate into dispensers, compressors, and fuel line solutions—all built to your exact specifications and ready to be installed. And we can produce standardized, scalable designs complete with testing, inspection, and packaging, as well as services such as CNC tube bending or pre-swaging of tubing and fittings.

Onsite Services

Onsite Services

We can work onsite with you to recommend solutions based on the emissions performance of fittings and end connections in your applications. Swagelok field engineers will visit your production facilities to help you attain optimal performance from fluid systems on vehicles, at mobile or stationary refueling stations, or within the facility. In the process, we will help you minimize spending, production downtime, and potential safety hazards and environmental risks.

Fluid System Training

Essentials Training

A well-trained team helps to ensure your standards are upheld on every installation. Swagelok offers training on topics including tube fitting, tube bending, hose routing, orbital welding, product selection, installation, and inspection, so your team can effectively assemble and operate critical fluid systems. In-depth, hands-on courses are taught by certified Swagelok instructors recognized for their ability to prepare others to solve problems with confidence.

Materials Science

Materials Science Training

Choosing the right corrosion-resistant materials helps keep fluid systems leak-tight. Learn which alloys and polymers are compatible with clean energy applications and how industry standards impact your choices. Swagelok® materials science training is for engineers, supervisors, purchasing agents, technical associates, and anyone involved in the material selection process.

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Benefits of Clean Energy Support

Manufacturers of clean energy production facilities and manufacturers of vehicles and refueling infrastructure not only require high-integrity fluid system components that effectively contain high-pressure, small-molecule gases, but they also need access to the knowledge and experience that increase productivity and reduce risk. Swagelok works closely with clean energy leaders every day and can support your goals for sustainable growth including:

Safe fluid system operation in the clean energy industry 

Improving Safety

Safety is the highest priority in any application involving the handling and transportation of potentially hazardous fluids and gases. The continued growth of the clean energy industry depends on the reliable operation of new technologies. We can help you build safety into your fluid system-related practices. From component installation to routine maintenance, we provide:

  • High-quality, leak-tight Swagelok fluid system components and assemblies designed according to best practices for operator safety
  • A comprehensive program of fluid system training courses to help new and experienced team members work safely by improving their fluid system design, installation, inspection, operation, and maintenance skills
  • Evaluation and advisory services that help you address risk factors throughout your fluid systems, such as leaks caused by improper component installation or product selection, inefficient system designs, or selection of materials unsuited for alternative fuel applications

 

Enabling Performance in the Design of Hydrogen and CNG/LNG Mobility Solutions

Enabling Performance

Designing clean energy production, distribution, compression, refueling, and mobility solutions is uniquely challenging. As an example, hydrogen can embrittle and degrade many lower-quality metals and can be hard to contain under pressure. High pressures, rapidly changing temperatures, and persistent vibration all pose challenges to fluid systems and infrastructure. Our engineers can help by recommending or constructing fluid system components and assemblies configured to your requirements.

  • Our standardized, configurable fluid system assemblies are thoroughly tested, inspected, packaged, and warrantied. Single part numbers also make ordering easy. All assemblies are built according to best practices through our design and assembly services.
  • Our experienced product design engineers have the technical knowledge, advanced software, and manufacturing expertise to customize fluid system products to meet narrow specifications. They can help with applications such as fuel line integration, priority panels, dispensing systems, heavy-duty refueling equipment, and more.
  • Our materials scientists can apply an expert-level understanding of metallurgy and chemical compatibility to help you find the right materials and designs despite any challenge. Minimize corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, and other issues by working with specialists to choose fluid system components that have all the appropriate certifications, approvals, and compositions already in place.

 

Regulatory Compliance for the Clean Energy Industry

Understanding Regulatory Compliance  

It is not enough to have access to reliable fluid system products—you also need suppliers that understand the processes, certifications, and related requirements that are unique to the market. Swagelok fluid system products are certified for use by relevant clean energy industry organizations around the world allowing you to feel confident that our solutions will meet your performance criteria and comply with governing mandates. We can help you navigate:

Regional Compliance Needs

We work with regional standards organizations to understand complex engineering requirements, and we provide a variety of certified products for on-vehicle and infrastructure use to help you stay compliant wherever you operate. These include EC-79 and HGV 3.1-compliant products for hydrogen systems and NGV3.X and NGV4.X, and ECE-R110 compliant products for natural gas dispensing systems, among other certifications.

Production Parts Approval Processes (PPAP)

We develop components specifically for automotive and other transportation industry use, offering standard products up to Level 3 of PPAP. Our team can help ensure the solutions you choose will meet specifications.

International Material Data System (IMDS) Requirements

We understand IMDS protocols, and we will transmit IMDS reports directly to your inbox that show you meet environmental regulatory requirements.

Manufacturing Emissions Compliance

Our field engineering team is highly trained and ready to visit your facility. We will help you identify potential leak points in your systems and suggest leak-tight, compliant components that are low-emissions certified, so you can avoid fugitive emission-related losses and fines.

Better efficiency, yield, and profitability in the clean energy industry

Minimizing Downtime, Maximizing Reliability 

Whether you are building on-vehicle, fueling, or in-facility fluid systems, you need access to available, reliable components to keep your assembly lines and critical processes moving. Support is offered through 200-plus authorized sales and service center locations across 70 countries. Here, local Swagelok-trained and -certified associates can provide you with conveniently accessible, globally consistent fluid system products suited for clean energy industry applications. They can also provide onsite assistance to help you troubleshoot and avoid fluid system leaks, inefficiency, and downtime.

  • Choose from components such as our assembly-by-torque (AbT) or FK series medium-pressure fittings designed for reliability, ease of installation, remake, and visual inspection so you can assemble complex systems safely and reliably
  • Work with Swagelok-certified local associates who design ready-to-integrate fluid system assemblies that minimize the risk of leaks, and who can reduce time and burden for your staff when it comes to assembling and maintaining fluid systems
  • Specialists can evaluate your fluid systems and deliver prioritized recommendations to improve reliability, uptime, and safety

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Resource Center

Video: How Does Swagelok Design Product for Hydrogen Service?

Video: How Does Swagelok Design Product for Hydrogen Service?

Learn how Swagelok is combating hydrogen embrittlement, from materials selection to product design.

Video: How Do We Apply Our Knowledge of Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Video: How Do We Apply Our Knowledge of Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Learn about how component fatigue and cyclic loading can be mitigated by proper material selection.

Video: When Should You Worry about Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Video: When Should You Worry about Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Learn about what three factors, when acting together, can be a concern when dealing with hydrogen embrittlement.

Video: What is Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Video: What is Hydrogen Embrittlement?

Hydrogen embrittlement is not a new problem, but learning the ins and outs can be difficult to grasp for those new to dealing with hydrogen. Just Ask Swagelok.

The Importance of Materials Selection video

Video: The Importance of Materials Selection

Learn about the importance of choosing the correct materials for your fluid system.

Hydrogen containment solutions video

Hydrogen Containment Solutions

Learn how AVL, one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies providing concepts, solutions, and methodologies for greener mobility, works to contain hydrogen with the help of Swagelok fluid system solutions.

Safe, Efficient Hydrogen Production

Video: Safe, Efficient Hydrogen Production

Learn how Everfuel, which owns and operates green hydrogen infrastructure, partners with industry and vehicle OEMs to connect the entire hydrogen value chain with the help of Swagelok fluid system solutions.

Swagelok alternative fuel system

Blog: How New Flyer Develops Forward-Thinking Fuel Systems with Swagelok

New Flyer is the largest bus maker in North America. Citizens around the world depend on its buses for reliable transportation, meaning New Flyer does not compromise on the quality of its products—or that of its vendors.

Everfuel is Paving the Way for Green Hydrogen Production

Blog: How Everfuel Is Paving the Way for Green Hydrogen Production

Everfuel, with assistance from Swagelok Denmark and numerous others, has picked up the challenge of “making hydrogen happen,” as Everfuel’s CEO Jacob Krogsgaard puts it. Read more about this innovative company that is exploring new frontiers in clean energy.

Swagelok training advisory services skills gap

Blog: How Training and Advisory Services Can Help You Bridge the Skills Gap

Learn how fluid system training and advisory services from Swagelok can help operators bridge a growing skills gap across several industries.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Blog: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Safety & Reliability

Learn why fittings designed specifically for hydrogen applications can help fuel cell vehicle OEMs and infrastructure developers achieve safer and more reliable fuel systems.

Graphic image comparing pitting corrosion and crevice corrosion in stainless steel

Blog: Minimizing Material Corrosion

There are steps companies can take to prevent rust that first require an understanding of the different types of corrosion and their causes. Knowing where to look—and what corrosion looks like—can help you fight back against material failures, costly repairs, and reputation damage.

how to choose a regulator

Blog: How to Choose a Regulator

Learn the differences between common types of pressure regulators for industrial fluid and analytical systems, as well as how to choose a regulator most appropriate for your system needs.

Valve Flow Coefficient Calculator

Toolbox: Cv Calculator for Valve Sizing

This calculator can be used to help select a valve with enough flow capacity for a given application. The valve flow coefficient (Cv) is a convenient way to represent the flow capacity of a valve. Calculate Cv or flow based on fluid, inlet and outlet pressure, and fluid temperature.

Scania CNG Bus Refueling Station Technology

Video: How Scania Stays at the Forefront of CNG Bus, Refueling Station Technology

See how Scania has partnered with Swagelok and their local sales and service center for training and custom solutions needs.

Video: Green Alternative Systems Manufacturing Starts at Swagelok Through Custom Solutions

Video: Alternative Systems Manufacturing Starts Through Swagelok Custom Solutions

Learn how collaboration with Swagelok helped Green Alternative Systems accelerate production, lower labor costs, and achieve greater system reliability.

Onsite visits are crucial to understanding your power plant’s unique challenges, environments, and objectives.

Video: Swagelok® Onsite Services

Onsite visits are crucial to understanding your power plant’s unique challenges, environments, and objectives. Our onsite services will help you discover issues with hoses, corrosion, faulty connections, leakages, and more.

Video: Swagelok Tube Fitting Installation

Video: Swagelok® Tube Fitting Installation

Learn the three steps to installing tube fittings from Swagelok, as well as two mistakes you should always avoid. In just a little time, you can learn practical skills that contribute to years of leak-tight performance from your fluid systems.

Video: How to Rebuild or Repack Valves

Video: How to Rebuild or Repack Valves

Learn how to use our rebuilding kits for manually and remotely actuated Swagelok valves. Each kit contains detailed instructions for adjusting or replacing the packing, or for rebuilding the valve if necessary. This video shows you how easy service can be.